New features in Adobe Camera Raw 8.5

Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 went live last week as part of the Creative Cloud 2014 release. ACR 8.5 rolls out several exciting enhancements, including the following:

  • Brush controls for Graduated and Radial Filter masks. Here’s a video introduction to this new feature:
  • Mask visualization for Graduated and Radial Filters
  • New per-panel default toggle button
  • Support for several new cameras and lens profiles

For more information about new features in ACR, see the following Help resources:

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Photoshop CC 2014 | What’s new and changed

Photoshop CC 2014 is a major release delivering breakthrough features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. A quick list of key features follows:

  • Smart Guides to make measurements easier and more productive
  • Linked smart object improvements
  • Layer comps in smart objects
  • Typekit integration to bring a world of typographic possibilities to your Photoshop documents

    Typekit-Photoshop integration

    Typekit-Photoshop integration

  • Improved font search

    font-search

    Font search

  • New Blur Gallery motion effects – Path Blur and Spin Blur – that help you give your images that artistic edge
    Spin Blur in action

    Spin Blur in action

    A Path Blur

    A Path Blur

  • Focus Area selection that lets you quickly select the area/pixels in an image that are in focus

    Select areas in focus

    Select areas in focus

  • Content-aware features with color blending

    Color blending in content-aware features

    Color blending in content-aware features

  • Exciting enhancements to Photoshop Generator
  • 3D Printing workflow enhancements

    3D Printing interface and workflow improvements

    3D Printing interface and workflow improvements

  • Sync settings improvements
  • Experimental features:
    • Scale the UI 200% for high-density displays
    • Enable multitone 3D printing
    • Touch gestures

And much, much more…

For details, see the Photoshop CC New Features Summary. This summary includes links to feature-level Help articles and tutorials.

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Story update now available—May 2013

We’ve just pushed live another exciting update to Adobe Story. This release takes collaborative script authoring to the next level. Coauthors and reviewers can now insert sticky notes into a script. They can also drag a sticky note to any location within the script. Cool, isn’t it?

We’ve also added numerous other features to simplify and streamline your workflows:

  • The Sync Schedule dialog now lists changes only for the properties that you’ve chosen to view.
  • You can edit tags that you created.
  • You can export the resource conflict results between two schedules as HTML (.htm). You can then open the exported results in word processing tools, such as Microsoft Word.
  • User interactions for several dialog boxes have been simplified:
    • Manage Scene Numbers
    • Manage Dialog Numbers
    • Manage Camera Shot Numbers
    • Manage Scene Durations
    • You can export project data (lists, scene properties, and schedules) as XML.
    • While working with schedules, you can choose a font size—small, medium, or large.
    • Layout improvements while printing schedules.
    • You can choose whether you want to display Revision Start Date or Last Modified Date in the header and footer for production revisions.
    • You can see a list of users with whom a project is shared. Invitees who haven’t yet accepted a share request are listed as well.
  • When you click the word count in the status bar, you can view the dialog word count in the current script.
  • Several critical bugs have been fixed in this release.

What’s new in RoboHelp Server 9

RoboHelp Server 9 rolls out a host of much-requested new features. The first change that you’ll notice is the fresh, aesthetically-appealing user interface.

There’s plenty more.

Reporting enhancements

  • Functionality to filter reports by area
  • New, intuitive names for the reports
  • Improvements to the graphical representation of reports
  • Functionality to export report data to the CSV format
  • Flexibility to customize reports by showing/hiding columns. Column layouts can be saved across sessions.
  • Fine-tuned numerical data in reports

Configuration Manager enhancements

You can now perform the following additional tasks using the RoboHelp Server Configuration Manager:

  • Migrate context data from RoboHelp Server 8 to RoboHelp Server 9
  • Deploy a context in the root context
  • Delete contexts
  • Set up an admin account for RoboHelp Server using LDAP authentication or database authentication
  • Configure LDAP settings
  • Configure search indexing settings

Search-related enhancements

Project stop list for server-side indexing: Unlike RoboHelp 8, the stop list specified in a RoboHelp HTML project is now used for server-side indexing.

Project synonym list for server-side indexing: Unlike RoboHelp 8, the synonym list specified in a RoboHelp HTML project is now used for server-side indexing.

Synonym highlighting: Synonyms for a keyword being searched for are highlighted in the search result list. This enhancement is available only for WebHelp Pro output published using RoboHelp HTML 9.

Dynamic context in search results for server-side indexing: RoboHelp Server now displays dynamic context along with search results. Apache Lucene, the text search engine library powering search in RoboHelp Server, displays the relevant words around a keyword as context in the search result list. This feature is available only for WebHelp Pro and FlashHelp Pro projects published to RoboHelp Server with server-side indexing enabled.

  • For keywords within topics, words in the immediate vicinity of the keyword in the topic are displayed as context.
  • The static context of the topic is displayed for user-specified keywords. The first few words of the topic comprise static context.
  • In the case of external resources for keywords, the URL description of the external resource is displayed as the dynamic context.

Other technical enhancements

  • RoboHelp Server logs are now created in a consolidated log file (robohelpserver.log) under the <Tomcat Home>/logs folder. All RoboHelp Server-related exceptions and warnings are logged in this file. This new log file is generated using the Apache log4j logging framework.
  • You can now host RoboHelp Server over HTTP Secure (HTTPS) to ensure secure communications between the server and clients.
    • Authors can publish their RoboHelp HTML projects using HTTPS
    • End users can view projects on the server over HTTPS
    • The RoboHelp Server Web Administrator and reports can be viewed over HTTPS as well

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